The United States on Thursday condemned the Nigerian government for suspending Twitter and targeting people who use the social media site, including Nigerian broadcasters, and called on the African nation to reverse its decision.
“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, collect and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.
Freedom of expression and access to information online and offline are essential to prosperous and secure democratic societies, ”US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
Price noted that Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission had ordered all TV and radio broadcasters to stop using Twitter, also calling it a concern.
Nigerian suspended Twitter indefinitely last week after the social media giant deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists – an announcement the government posted on Twitter.
Telecommunications companies then blocked access to the platform there, and on Wednesday the Nigerian government said social media companies needed to be licensed to operate in the country.
Twitter Inc said it would work to restore access. The company, along with human rights groups such as Amnesty International, also described the suspension as deeply concerning.
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US calls on Nigeria to end Twitter suspension – SABC News
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